Soap Ear is a Los Angeles-based publication that serves the city’s musical extremities — the critics, outsiders, experimenters, dreamers, academics, sound artists, and concrete poets who will also be regular contributors to this platform. Published four times a year, Soap Ear features and critiques musical objects (pieces, shows, or installations) that touch or disrupt our editors’ creative vision. Covering shows, installations, and new music releases, Soap Ear also publishes mixtapes, artist interviews, essays, scores, poetry, and anything else that fits. While honing in on Los Angeles and Southern California venues and record labels, Soap Ear honors the spirit of our globalized era, surveying musicians from New York, Tokyo, and elsewhere. Still, our core mission will be to explore musical activity and ideas that fuel Los Angeles proper and fan out from here to the rest of the world.

The voices Soap Ear publishes will walk the line between the scholar and the enthusiast, will respect both the expert’s depth and the fan’s informal devotion. Through the pages of Soap Ear, we hope to forge connections among sonic experimenters, thinkers, and listeners.

Contemporary artists in Los Angeles are composing and performing pieces that question why and how music is made. Soap Ear seeks work that queries elements such as the materiality of sound, music’s social functions and contexts, and the domain of specific traditions, technologies, forms, and techniques. We can document these gestures and bring them into broader discourses about music and performance at the present moment in our present city.


Soap Ear is a collaboration between editor-in-chief Lyle Daniel, assistant editor B. Levinson. We are sad to say goodbye to our former assistant editor and creative director Ashley Chaney who has moved on to other endeavors. Yann Novak (www.yannnovakdesign.com) is our web developer. Soap Ear is a Los Angeles Review of Books Channel and the project began at LARB’s annual publishing workshop.

Soap Ear is also a project of Fulcrum Arts’ Emerge fiscal sponsorship program. We a not-for-profit fiscally sponsored project. Help support Soap Ear here.

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You can contact us with pitches, questions, comments, and anything else at thesoapear@gmail.com


Thanks to Cordelia Alquist
Thanks to Cordelia Alquist